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Olivia Wilder

Olivia Wilder


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Gaffney, South Carolina native Andie MacDowell worked several minimum wage jobs as a teen to save money to head to New York. Eventually signing a modeling contract with Elite Model Management. Her innocent and fresh-faced look soon appeared in a series on Times Square billboards, and in national television commercials for Calvin Klein, which lead to her being offered her first movie role in the 1984 film, "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes" as "Jane." Unfortunately, due to controversy about her strong Southern drawl, her entire dialogue was dubbed by Glenn Close afterward.

Critics had a field day panning her performance, but Andie won a feature role in the "Brat Pack" vehicle, St. Elmo's Fire in 1985. Determined, Andie continued to study method acting at Actor's Studio, and worked privately with the renowned coach Harold Guskin. Four years later, director Steven Soderbergh cast her in "Sex, Lies, and Videotape," which won her the Independent Spirit Award and the LA Film Critics Association, "Best Actress" award for her portrayal of a sexually repressed wife. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe for the same role. Her portrayals have earned three Golden Globe nominations and one win. Andie has made over forty films, including, "Green Card," with Gerard Depardieux, "Ground Hog Day with Bill Murray," "Four Weddings and a Funeral, with Hugh Grant," "The Object of Beauty," with John Malkovich, and many others. Andie has also featured in print and television ads for L'Oréal for 25 years.

Her current independent film released on March 25th, is "The 5th Quarter," a true story of high school football player Luke Abbate's untimely death from injuries in a car accident in 2006, and the legacy he left behind.